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The Martial Art Of Judo And Its Benefits On Health & Fitness

Posted on 04/04/2010

If you’re sick of the same old workout lately, consider taking a martial art. There are a variety of martial art styles available that offer great workouts as well as spiritual connections. For example, the martial art of Judo is a great way to learn self-defense techniques, get a great workout, and lower everyday stress levels. Judo is a form of martial arts that involves the use of certain holds, throws and locks. When you spar with your opponent in Judo, there will be a lot of grappling and controlled movements. Unlike other martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do and Karate, there are no kicks or punches in Judo.

There are many benefits of Judo, beginning with self-defense. Although the creator of Judo intended this martial art to be more of a sport, it has morphed into an effective self-defense technique. When taking Judo, you will learn a variety of skills involving balance, coordination and effective motion. You will also learn how to fall safely so that you do not injure yourself. These benefits will aid you dramatically if you are ever caught in a physical confrontation. In fact, what you learn in Judo about safe falls can be acclimated to other activities. This will lower your risk of sustaining serious injury while competing in other sports.

Judo not only works out the body, but it also works out the mind. When taking Judo, you will build self-confidence, trust, self-discipline and respect for yourself and others. There are specific rules and regulations that one must follow in Judo, such as respecting your teacher as well as your opponent. Many of the locks and holds involve a great deal of trust, which cannot be formed without some level of respect. Judo participants always shake hands before and after matches, which is an honored and special tradition.

In addition to positively affecting the mind and body, Judo is also good for the spirit. The fluid range of movement is somewhat of a mediation, which calms the mind and soothes the soul. When not participating with a partner or an opponent, there are certain techniques one can practice alone. These techniques involve breathing exercises that lift the spirit. Many people often report lower stress levels and peace of mind when taking a martial art as spirituality is often a key aspect of every martial art, and is not unique to Judo. Judo has also been known to positively affect the lives of special needs individuals and build confidence in others who have been bullied or picked on.

If working out and the idea of fitness in general has somewhat lost its luster for you, then maybe it’s time to try a different approach. A martial art like Judo can get you up and moving in a way you’ve never experienced before. When you combine physical activity, self-defense skills, spiritual development and peace of mind together, you’ve got the makings of a great activity that will not only keep you fit but that will also keep you motivated.

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